Girl, Forgotten (Andrea Oliver #2) – Karin Slaughter

Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 400
Release Date: June 23, 2022

Haven’t read the previous novels? Check out my review of Pieces of Her HERE!

A small town hides a big secret… 

Who killed Emily Vaughn?

Prom Night. Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn dresses carefully for what’s supposed to be the highlight of any high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the night, because of that secret, she will be dead.

Nearly forty years later, Andrea Oliver, newly qualified as a US Marshal, receives her first assignment: to go to Longbill Beach to protect a judge receiving death threats. But Andrea’s real focus isn’t the judge – it’s Emily Vaughn. Ever since she first heard Emily’s name a year ago, she’s been haunted by her brutal death. Nobody was ever convicted – her friends closed ranks, her family shut themselves off in their grief, the town moved on – so the killer is still out there. But now Andrea has a chance to find out what really happened…

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Girl, Forgotten is the sequel to Pieces of Her following Andrea as she completes her training as a US Marshall and is sent on assignment to provide security for a judge while also investigating a murder from 1982.

I will say that I’m glad I watched the Netflix adaptation of Pieces of Her not that long ago since I barely remember the novel and Girl, Forgotten is very much a sequel and not a companion novel.

Girl, Forgotten has two mysteries: who sent the death threats to the judge and who killed Emily Vaughn. The novel is told from Andrea’s perspective in the present and Emily’s from the past. Andrea’s perspective reads as your typical whodunnit as she investigates the murder while also learning what it takes to be a US Marshall from a pro. Emily’s chapters have a dark academia vibe as she desperately wants to be part of the popular friend group, but isn’t fully accepted.

Slaughter is unflinching in her depictions of the realities of the time period she’s writing. Girl, Forgotten was difficult to read at times as Emily is subjected to the views that men held of women at the time. The doctor scene was especially difficult to read then coupled with Emily’s subsequent inner monologue as she tried to rationalize what the doctor told her with own world view.

I truly enjoyed both mysteries. I didn’t think I would enjoy the Emily Vaughn mystery with its close ties to the first novel, Pieces of Her, but it surprised me. While the identity of the killer becomes apparent before the reveal, the foreshadowing work Slaughter does is excellent. However, I did not guess who sent the threatening letters to the judge and I quite liked the reveal.

Overall, Girl, Forgotten is everything you’d expect from a Slaughter novel: unflinching depictions of the realities faced by the characters, a solid mystery, and compelling characters.

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Have you read Girl, Forgotten? What did you think?

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